- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
I have been working at Douglas College full-time (More than 10 years)RecommendsNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEORecommendsNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Work experiences vary a great deal between staff, faculty and management and between divisions and departments. At its best you can find a reasonably paid job with considerable autonomy and interest, no micro management and OK benefits and pension. The Union environment protects faculty and staff, to some extent, from random acts of management. Although teaching workload is moderately high, regular faculty have a non teaching semester to catch up on scholarly work and do course prep. Bureaucracy isn't really that bad compared to many large organizations.
If you read the other reviews you will find that some other employees (mainly staff and contract workers) have bad experiences. Pay is lower for staff who have lower status and influence than faculty (as in most post secondary institutions). It is not an entrepreneurial environment although there are pockets of innovation. It's also not a particularly rewarding environment for middle managers (Deans, Directors etc) who have formal responsibility but little real authority or influence over many decisions (but do get decent pay). Bureaucracy is getting a bit worse. Some students seem to be getting a bit more disrespectful. In some departments there is a 'teach and run' culture of minimal involvement.
Advice to Management
For Staff Managers: You have to show employees that you care about them and their individual needs. Build high quality individual relationships.
For Faculty Managers: Find out what gets faculty interested and excited and use that to build more activity and involvement in your areas.
For Senior Managers/Board members: We need to find a shared identity around a sense of social value.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day – interviewed at Douglas College (Coquitlam, BC (Canada)) in December 2011.
Interviewed with a panel of three. I was asked to present on how I would approach a particular project they were working (eg. business development). the rest of the interview process consisted of standard interview questions.
- All questions were standard. The scenario I had to present on was up for interpretation and vague. Answer Question
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